"When your hour glass runs out of sand, you can't flip it over and start again....take every breath God gives you for what it's worth."
I truly believe my Dad did this.
He was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a first generation Irish mom, Barbara McGrath Baugnon and French dad, John Fabre Baugnon and the oldest living Baugnon in the U.S. at the time of his death.
He started delivering newspapers at six years old and worked in a drug store at nine years old until the boss figured out he was pocketing one cent out of every six, Dad thought that only fair. He was never afraid of hard work and wanted to get back to work until the end. He taught us when a task is put in front of you, you give it your all.
He moved to New Orleans as a boy and went on and traveled the world where he made and lost fortunes. He loved the ocean and beach and was a great story teller, for anyone that has doubts....yes, they are all true.
He was always a man of his word and taught us we are only as good as our word and that respect is earned, not given away.
He loved renaissance art, classical music, reading and philosophers. He wanted to be a writer and kept a bookshelf of books......as do I and I thank him for that.
He was a lover of fine wine, beer and whiskey but he hated drinking water. A pool shark though he did lose our tractor in a game when I was a child. He loved to have a big garden, bale hay and horses. He logged many miles on the trails with his horse, buddies and kids. The spotted ones rode the best he always said.
He had a big heart of gold and full of compassion. He never met a stranger and would give any one a chance. He picked up hitchhikers to have someone to talk to on his travels. He was a rolling stone.
He wasn't much of a fisherman or hunter, but he would go along for the good times. He loved to burn and when the fireman told him on my 6th birthday it was too windy for a fire, he said you gotta have a little wind for a good fire. He loved to cook and tinker on old cars, Mercedes Benz preferably, and never drove the speed limit so you best be ready for a ride.
He claims to have started casual Friday in the corporate world.
He's lived like a prince and lived like a pauper, smiling all along the way, and he loved every minute of it.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, July 6, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. at Tutor Funeral Home in Magee. Online condolences can be made at wwwtutorfuneralhome.com.